By Luke Reid - Sports Information Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Troy Neiman will long be known for his exploits on the mound as a Chico State pitcher. Now he has a chance to make a name for himself in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Neiman flew to Washington last Wednesday and signed a professional contract with the Rockies and joined their Class A minor league affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, in Pasco, Wash., on Thursday.
“This is all all I've been looking for since I was a kid,” said Neiman in a telephone interview last Tuesday. “I didn't think it was going to happen. Now that it is happening, it's unbelievable.”
Neiman put together a special seniorseason in 2013, going 9-3 with a 1.53 ERA. He struck out 72 in 76-plus innings of work during which opponents hit just .190 against him thanks in large part to perhaps the best changeup the program has ever seen. That followed a strong junior campaign in which the lanky 6-foot-6 righthander went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings of work.
Neiman finished his career with the second lowest ERA in school history (1.89) and ranks 10th in career winningpercentage (.722) and strikeouts (126).
Neiman went undrafted in June but was in contact with a Rockies scout who told him they wanted to sign him once someroom opened up on their roster.
“I’ve been throwing bullpens to stay ready,” said Neiman. “And today (Tuesday) they called me and asked if I was ready to become a Rockie. I said, ‘heck ya!’”